The Image of Restoration Science

Professor Michael Hunter (Birkbeck College) will give a seminar on

The Image of Restoration Science: the Frontispiece to Thomas Sprat’s History of the Royal Society (1667)

This will take place 29 November 2016 at 3.00pm in the Edward Worth Library, Dr. Steeven’s Hospital

Book Launch History of Psychiatry in Ireland

The Book-launch of Dr Brendan Kelly’s Hearing Voices: The History of Psychiatry in Ireland (Irish Academic Press) is to take place on 23 November, 6 pm at O’Connell House, 58 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

Please RSVP via info@iap.ie with subject line ‘Book Launch RSVP – Hearing Voices’

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Public Open Day at the Edward Worth Library

The Edward Worth Library in Dr. Steeven’s Hospital Dublin will be open to the public on 14 November 2016  10.00am-4.00pm as part of Science Week Ireland. All Welcome.


Directions: The Edward Worth Library is situated beside Heuston Train Station and easily accessible by the Luas Red Line, Train, or Dublin Bus 145.

2016 HSTM Network + Celsius Conference 11-12 November

The conference will take place on the St Patrick’s Campus (formerly St Patrick’s College) of Dublin City University. Registration will be at the entrance near reception.

If you wish to attend you are kindly requested to register in advance via Eventbrite.

FRIDAY 11th Nov
 9-10am: registration (reception area, St Patrick’s Campus)
10am-11am: Session 1

Session 1, Soviet Science, Room E306
Chair: Maria Falina
Konstantin Kiprijanov, ‘Chaos and beauty in a beaker.  The early history of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction’
Elena Sinelnikova, ‘Scientific societies vs. research institutes in the first decade of Soviet power’ 

11am-11:30am: TEA (outside E306)

11:30-1:30 pm: Session 2

Session 2A, State science, Room E306 Session 2B, Definitions and their impacts in medicine, Room FG10
Chair: Brian Trench Chair: Padraig Murphy
Veronica McDermott, ‘The evolution of natural science policy in Ireland: a “small state” story’ Maëlle Duchemin-Pelletier, ‘Still birth is still death’
Ágota Ábrán, ‘Growing plant medicines in the socialist ruins of Romania’ David Kilgannon, ‘”One class of people who have been neglected”: legislating for the disabled in Ireland, 1948-57’
Adrian James Kirwan, ‘The role of telegraphy in the governance and administration of Ireland, c. 1850-1890’ Harry Quinn Schone, ‘Testing Hacking’s looping effect through discussion with fibromyalgia patients’
Rory Mawhinney, ‘From Port to Plantation: the geographies of the 1919 British Eclipse Expeditions’ Sira Grosso, ‘What is reasonable and what can be proved as reasonable in the realm of medical malpractice claims’

1:30pm-2.30pm: LUNCH (Canteen)

FRIDAY CONT’D

2.30-4pm Session 3

Session 3A, Science fictions, science futures, Room E306 Session 3B, Interactions between psychiatry and general medicine, Room FG10
Chair: Peter Bowler Chair: Fiachra Byrne
Sam Robinson, ‘New Worlds: popularising science in Post-War science fiction magazines’ Laura Sellers, ‘Psychiatry and criminality in the late nineteenth-century prison’
Mat Paskins, ‘Voices prophesying everything: techno-scientific futures in the twentieth-century periodical’ Coreen McGuire, ‘Hysterical deafness and malingering in the First World War: the conflict between psychiatry and otology’
Paula Murphy, ‘”This endless space between the words”: Spike Jonze’s Her Kevin Jones, ‘Beyond the institution: British psychiatry during the inter-war period’

4pm-4.30pm TEA (outside E306)

4.30pm-6pm Session 4

Session 4A, History of medicine, Room E306 Session 4B, Fevers and epidemics, Room FG10
Chair: Neasa McGarrigle Chair: Ida Milne
Richard Bellis, ‘A statue engraved in flesh: allusions to the Belvedere torso in Andreas Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica (1543) and William Hunter’s The anatomy of the human gravid uterus (1774) Philomena Gorey, ‘Puerperal fever in Dublin.  The case of the Rotunda Lying-In Hospital’
Kevin Knowles, ‘Examining sociocultural interactions that impact oral health in the 19th C United States’ Patricia Marsh, ‘”Risks from shellfish—watch what you eat”: theories on the spread of typhoid fever in Belfast in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century’
Shaun R. McCann, ‘From Herodotus to HIV’ Margaret Buckley, ‘Childhood epidemics in Limerick City, 1880-1890’

6:15 KEYNOTE, Room D211

Prof. Peter Bowler, Queen’s Universty, Belfast (Chair: Juliana Adelman)

 ‘Prophets of progress?: Predicting the future of science and technology from H. G. Wells to Isaac Asimov’

SATURDAY

9-11am: Session 5

Session 5A: Communicating, translating, and transmitting scientific ideas, Room D204 Session 5B: Sex, drugs, and humanity, Room D205
Chair: Juliana Adelman Chair: Adrian Kirwan
Gary Finnegan, ‘#VaccinesWork: communicating Jenner’s legacy’ Jennifer Brosnan, ‘The sexual education of medical students during the mid-nineteenth century: euphemism, nether regions, and banter’
Simon Whitehouse, ‘Rand McNally’s geophysical glob: how the earth was depicted during the early Space Age’ Christopher Cavin, ‘Promoting “bonding and comradeship”: cultures of military intoxication in the past and present’
Diarmid Finnegan, ‘Reason’s rhetor: Thomas Henry Huxley in America’ Ciarán McCabe, ‘Humane societies in Ireland and the transatlantic world’ 
Alberto Bardi, ‘Astronomical knowledge in late Byzantium’  

 11:00-11:30am: TEA (outside D211)

11:30-1.00pm: KEYNOTE, Room D204

Maja Horst, University of Copenhagen (Chair: Padraig Murphy)

‘What is the social responsibility of science?’

1.00-2:30pm:  LUNCH (D205/204)and Wikipedia

and an introduction to Irish content on Wikipedia with Rebecca O’Neill, bring your laptop and your lunch and learn how to add/modify entries, Room D205

2:30-4:30 Session 6

Session 6A, Evolutionary ideas in science and medicine, Room D204
Chair: Tanya O’Sullivan
Max Meulendijks, ‘A Darwinian medicine at the Purdysburn Villa Colony: William Graham on evolution, insanity, and degeneration in the Ulster context’
Emily Herring, ‘The reception of Henri Bergson in Britain: a new interpretation of the early career of Julian Huxley’
Ciarán Walsh, ‘The skeleton in the cupboard: unpacking the Ethnographic Survey of Great Britain (Ireland) 1891-1903’
John P. Jackson, Jr., ‘Population genetics, psychometrics, and the definition of race’

CFP: 19th Century Ireland

The following may be of interest to Historians of STEM subjects. The Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland (SSNCI) fosters an inter-disciplinary approach to Nineteenth-Century Irish studies.

Figures of Authority in 19th-Century Ireland.

The 19th century is often seen as a period when age-old sources of social, political, spiritual and cultural authority were eroded by various crises, triggering searches for alternative forms of leadership. While such a diagnosis may certainly ring true for Victorian Britain and by extension for the neighbouring island, 19th-century Ireland also witnessed both the restoration of older forms of authority (e.g. the re-establishment of the Catholic hierarchy at a time when papal power was reinforced) and the rise of figures who defined new models of authority (e.g. Daniel O’Connell as a prototype for the charismatic politician in a democratic age). The struggle for the definition of the Irish nation empowered conflicting claims to public authority. New cultural and educational forces vied to assert authority on an increasingly literate population, while new media saw themselves as leaders of opinion and gradually helped fashion a cult of personality centered on public figures. Despite his notorious anti-Irish pronouncements, Thomas Carlyle’s views on hero-worship and on the nature of authority exerted an influence on generations of Irish intellectuals across sectarian and political divides. Romantic concepts of literary authorship prompted some to think of poets – both dead and living –as (un)acknowledged legislators, while in the scholarly sphere, new distinguished Societies emerged to enshrine intellectual authority. Social and economic changes entailed reconfigurations of  authority within age-old family structures. Various studies suggest that the waning of Ascendancy power did not automatically entail a corresponding decline in traditional deference, while others have shown how existing public offices could be reinvented and reinforced as well as contested.

The conference will bring those various strands together in a collective reflection on the forms that authority assumed in 19th-century Ireland, on the complex relations they bore to wider British and international redefinitions of authority, and on the specificity of Irish contributions to the reshaping of authority in the modern age.

The resulting publication of selected proceedings will be an interdisciplinary volume of interest to the various fields of Irish studies as well to 19th-century historians in general. If authority seems to be in crisis in early-21st-century Ireland, it is important to bear in mind that many contested forms of authority that look ‘traditional’ from our point of view emerged from 19th-century crises and developments.

Please contact the local organizer Raphaël Ingelbien (ssnci2017@gmail.com) with any questions. 200-word abstracts or panel descriptions and a brief CV should be sent to the same address  by 15 January  2017.

There will be no registration fee. Two postgraduate travel bursaries of up to 400 euros each will be available for students without full scholarships, eligible students should send an accompanying letter about their finances together with their abstract and CV to the organizer.

More details on the SSNCI Website.

Don’t forget to Register for the HSTM Conference!

With just over two weeks to go until the History of Science, Technology and Medicine Network Ireland Annual Conference 2016 don’t forget to secure your place by registering in advance through this link on eventbrite

Don’t forget to check out our updated conference programme.

We are excited to see you there!